Frequently Asked Questions

At First Class Training Centre, we often receive questions from our drivers and prospects looking to enter into a career of professional driving.  Here we share with you a few of the most frequently asked questions about truck driver training, a career as a professional Class 1 or Class 3 driver, and what to expect during the course of your driver training program with First Class Training Centre.

If you have other questions that you would like further clarification on, please feel free to contact our office here or over the phone by calling 204-632-5302.  We would be glad to answer any questions you may have before you make a major decision on your career!

 

Q: What are the duties of a professional Class 1 driver or Class 3 driver?

A: Professional truck driving is a blend of work and lifestyle. Your truck can become both your office and your home away from home, equipped with all the amenities needed for the long-haul drives you will undertake.

While your work will primarily involve transporting goods across North America, you will be required to do some work at the point of pickup and delivery, which may also include heavy lifting.

Q: What qualities should I have to be a professional Class 1 driver or Class 3 driver?

A: Companies seeking professional drivers tend to look for the following qualities:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • Superior communication skills
  • Excellent navigation skills and ability to plan routes
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Adaptability and ability to take on challenges as they come

You must also be able to handle the lifestyle of a professional driver, where you can be away from home for long periods.

You may also be required to assist in loading and unloading cargo, so your ability to lift heavy objects will also be depended upon.

Q: What salary can I expect?

A: The average salary for a Professional Driver is $49,000 USD (indeed.com, April 25, 2012), but your earnings can grow based on your years experience. Class 1 drivers or Class 3 drivers can also see increased salaries based on specializing in certain materials. For example, the average salary for a company propane driver is $116,000 USD (indeed.com, April 25, 2012).

Q: Are there opportunities for advancement in the industry?

A: Definitely. As you grow with a company, opportunities will become available to you. These positions can include:

  • Dispatchers
  • Management positions
  • Trainers
  • Foremen and supervisors

Q: How do I begin my career once training is complete?

A: As part of the First Class Training Centre driver training program, we will conduct an interview with you to assess your skillset. This interview will also give you the opportunity to get a feel for what you would face from a company or independent driver recruiter.

After you complete your First Class driver training, we recommend contacting recruitment agencies in Winnipeg as well as professional driving organizations. You can also look online at general (e.g. indeed.com) and industry-specific (e.g. TruckingCareers.ca) employment websites. Another option is to join professional driving associations that can provide you with additional career services.

Course Calendar

Class 1 FT Course WPG
August 23, 2017 - October 4, 2017
Class 1 FT Course BDN
August 23, 2017 - October 4, 2017
Class 1 FT Course WPG
September 13, 2017 - October 25, 2017